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Date _________________
Item _______
30-60-90 Triangle Discovery
1. Observe ΔPQR . Use patty paper to trace one of the angles, and then compare it to the
other angles. Confirm that the triangle is equiangular.
Use what you know about the sum of the angles in a triangle to determine the angle
measures.
∠Q = ____ ∠R = ____
∠P = ____
Record the measures for ∠P and ∠R on the diagram. Do not record the measure for ∠Q
on the diagram.
2. Use a straightedge to draw an altitude starting at point Q. This altitude should intersect PR
where you see a point. Label this point S.
Use what you know about altitudes and the sum of the angles in a triangle to determine the
angle measures.
∠QSR = ____
∠SQR = ____
Record the measures for ∠QSR and ∠SQR on the diagram.
3. Use patty paper to trace ΔQRS and compare it to ΔQPS . What do you notice?
4. Focus on the full triangle again-- ΔPQR . Use patty paper to trace one of the sides, and then
compare it to lengths of the other sides. Confirm that the triangle is equilateral.
The triangle is shown on centimeter paper. Record the lengths of the following segments.
RS = ____
How did you determine the measure of QR ?
QR = ____
5. Use the Pythagorean Theorem for ΔQRS to determine the exact length of QS . Show your
work below, and then record the length of QS on the diagram.
6. Observe ΔTUV . Confirm that ΔTUV is equiangular and equilateral.
Use a straightedge to draw an altitude starting at point T. This altitude should intersect UV
where you see a point. Label this point W.
Determine the following angle measures and exact lengths, and record them below and on
the diagram. If you use the Pythagorean Theorem, show your work.
∠U = ____
TU = ____
∠TWU = ____ UW = ____ ∠WTU = ____
TW = ____
7. Observe ΔXYZ . Confirm that ΔXYZ is equiangular and equilateral.
Use a straightedge to draw an altitude starting at point X. This altitude should intersect YZ
where you see a point. Label this point A.
Determine the following angle measures and exact lengths, and record them below and on
the diagram. If you use the Pythagorean Theorem, show your work.
∠Y = ____
XY = ____
∠XAY = ____ AY = ____ ∠AXY = ____
AX = ____
8.
Share your discuss your results with a partner. Look for patterns in the relationship of the
sides. Try to complete the following conjecture.
In a 30-60-90 triangle, if the leg opposite the 30-degree angle has length x,
then the leg opposite the 60-degree angle has length ______ and the
hypotenuse has length ______.